Pravastatin side effects

What you should know before taking Pravastatin for high cholesterol


The statin known as Pravastatin is part of a family of drugs that helps to decrease the amount of bad cholesterol in the body and increase the good cholesterol. This, in turn, helps to control diabetes, lower the risk to your heart and prevent heart disease. It can even help the heart recover after myocardial infarction.

There are some side effects that Pravastatin users need to be aware of. While in most cases none of these are nearly as harsh as the effects that would be present without the use of this drug, it is still important to understand how the medication affects the body and what patients should be prepared for.

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The most common side effects include:

  • chest pain
  • rashes
  • coughing
  • dizziness

These are considered generally mild side effects, and they should not be so severe that you need medical attention. In any instance where your side effects become severe enough that you think you may need professional healthcare, you should seek medical help immediately. Let the doctor treating you know what medications you are taking and which medical conditions you suffer from.

Slightly rarer but more severe side effects include:

  • some difficulty in moving
  • muscle and joint pain
  • chills
  • urine discolouration
  • headache
  • fever
  • changes in appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • swollen joints
  • flu-like symptoms

If you start to experience any of these symptoms, then you need to let your doctor know as soon as possible.

You may also experience an allergic reaction to the drug Pravastatin. You will know this is happening because you will start to feel itchy or have trouble breathing or will break out in a rash. If this starts to occur, then you need to get medical help right away. An allergic reaction can be incredibly dangerous, and it may result in death if it is serious enough.

While most people only experience mild side effects with Pravastatin, that does not mean that yours will be mild. Pay close attention to what side effects you experience after taking this drug and report any of them to your doctor. If they are severe enough, seek medical help right away.

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